Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs High School Ski Band will perform in style this year thanks to new uniforms and cowboy hats.
Band director Jim Knapp said the old uniforms, which were between 30 and 35 years old, weren't warm enough or in good enough condition to use again.
"They've done a good job and they look real nice, but they're not serviceable any more. We have a really growing band and the uniforms : have had their day," Knapp said.
The new uniforms, with red and black windproof ski jackets from Steamboat Springs-based BAP and cowboy hats from F.M. Light & Sons, will help the 35 to 40 high school students make their way down Lincoln Avenue during the Winter Carnival parade.
Knapp said this year's Winter Carnival performance will be the first time in several years the band is composed only of high school students. Last year, Knapp recruited members of the eighth-grade band because there were not enough high school students to fill out the marching band. This year's group includes the high school band and jazz band.
The marchers also will debut a new drum line this year as they perform a selection of Beatles songs and the school fight song.
The ski band began in 1935 under the leadership of director Gerald McGuire, who suggested his band strap on skis while playing in the Winter Carnival.
The band will rehearse with skis in front of the high school in the days before the carnival.
In addition to skis, some other accommodations were made for the cold weather. Because frozen saliva can wreak havoc on expensive instruments, and moist lips can become stuck to metal and brass mouthpieces, plastic mouthpieces are now used on most of the instruments.
Other obstacles include choppy snow and the messes left behind by horses that participate in other Winter Carnival events.
The ski band will perform during the parade down Lincoln Avenue on Feb. 8.